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Making an application under RIPA

RIPA forms

Using RIPA forms 

Decisions about using regulated investigatory powers must be recorded as they are taken. This is the case for:

  • applicants seeking authority to undertake regulated conduct
  • authorising officers and designated persons who consider and decide whether to grant authority or give notice for that conduct

Forms to record applications and decisions in writing are available to public authorities which use RIPA.  Download the RIPA forms 

Adapting RIPA forms 

Public authorities may use these forms or adapt them, for example to include corporate logos or images or to combine them with the review and renewal, or renewal and cancellation forms. 

However, if public authorities adapt these forms for their own purposes - to record extra information that is not strictly necessary to ensure and demonstrate compliance with RIPA - the additional local requirement should be clearly distinct from the statutory recording of RIPA considerations and decisions. 

If you have any questions about these forms, comments about how useful they are or would like to propose a redesigned form, e-mail the RIPA team.

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